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A comprehensive analysis of an E-Break in Business Enterprises

Stella Jacob is internet savvy. She is a Senior Software Developer in a reputed software company. She loves surfing the Net at work. All was good until recently. The announcement on the ban on personal internet use in the workplace struck her ears and stupefied her. She now yearns for a break to surf her personal websites. She keeps antagonizing her boss for the uncalled-for decision and seeks every opportunity to sneak online when the boss is not around. She feels debarred and her productivity reflects her anguish.

The above situation debunks the unseen battle lines drawn between po-faced employers keen for staff to be productive at work and those ever-so-hip online employees with their belief that they know what makes them more productive.

The following report by PopCap Break endorses the situation saying:

“Banning personal internet use in the workplace could be costing British businesses up to £4 Billion every year due to a resulting decline in staff productivity.”

Employers believe that a ban on personal internet use in the workplace would discipline their employees, up-shooting productivity. They are oblivious to the man-is-a-social-animal ideology and do not ponder that they too are included in the bracket.

The report by PopCap Games further finds

“A 10-minute online break from work not only reduces stress for employees, but sharpens and refocuses the mind.”

These findings are grounded on psychometric trials carried out on a cross section of UK businesses under the supervision of Goldsmiths University psychologist, Dr Chamorro-Premuzic.

And how badly the employees need the break? The report says that 57% of workers shunning the traditional tea-break in favor of an office e-break in a bid to unwind during the 9-5.

Dr Chamorro-Premuzic comments: “Tea-breaks and fag breaks have long been the most common types of break within office culture but the report shows that e-breaks are fast becoming the most popular choice of break for British workers.”

But before jumping to the obvious conclusion that PopCap would say that in order to promote its business of free on-line games, the important thing to note here is that e-break means a 10-minute session, not a furtive afternoon spent on the internet.

This calls for compromise and negotiation. The question for employees is: “Is this break refreshing me and elevating my morale or is it addicting and making me lose focus on my work?” The employers can be guiltless on their part by keeping eye on the productivity graph. Of course the battle lines could finally fade away for good by the emergence of a you-win-I-win solution. And personal websites like PopCap will then not be left behind.

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